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Special Education Parent Engagement Resources

Region 4 Education Service Center provides professional development, products and technical assistance that supports statewide goals for education. Region 4 also serves as a first point of contact for school districts, parents, and other community stakeholders and will provides information concerning students in the area of special education.

Parents are welcome to register for sessions at Region 4. Though most sessions are designed for professionals in special education the sessions may also be of benefit to the families of students with disabilities. Click to search for and access training opportunities - Region 4 ESC online catalog.


Resources for Families:

  1. Partner’s Resource Network
    Nonprofit agency awarded three parent training and information (PTI) projects which now cover the entire state of Texas. TEAM Project serves Regional Education Service Centers 1–4 and 20. The common purpose of these networks is empowering parents of children and youth with disabilities in their roles as parents, decision makers, and advocates for their children. All three of the projects offer:
    1. Individual assistance over the phone and in-person to families who have questions about their child's needs
    2. Workshops for parents and professionals that take place on an ongoing basis throughout Texas
    3. Resources such as printed publications and online materials which are available on a variety of relevant topics:
  1. Texas Project First
    Created by parents, for parents, Texas Project First is a project of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and is committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents and families of students with disabilities. Multiple resources can be found on the website. Below are a few of these resources:
    1. Community Resources
    2. Disability Resources
    3. FAQs
    4. Acronyms
    5. Glossary
  1. Parent Companion
    Guide for Texas parents and caregivers of children with diagnosed or suspected disabilities from birth through 5 years of age.       
  1. Texas Education Agency/Special Education
    A-Z Index on special education related topics. Including the Procedural Safeguards and Parent Rights of Students with Disabilities
  2. Texas Health and Human Services
  3. Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
  4. Community Resource Coordination Groups of Texas


Region 4 Education Service Center Contact:

Susan Parker, Education Specialist
Special Education Solution Department


Special Education Solutions Department
Main Line: 713.744.6363 (your call can be routed to the appropriate consultant)
7145 West Tidwell Road | Houston, Texas 77092-2096 | 713.462.7708
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